Archive: April, 2011

My sister is introverted and melancholy. Is this depression?

The question: My sister is a successful 26-year-old grad student. Lately she’s become more introverted, started sleeping more and become melancholy. Is this clinical depression? She’s started taking antidepressants but I’m worried that it requires more than a prescription. What do you recommend?   The answer: You’re smart to be concerned about your sister (as […]


How Stress Can Improve Your Performance

How Stress Can Improve Your Performance (by Justin Menkes, Harvard Business Review Blog, April 28, 2011) Recently, I read an article in which a developmental psychologist cited a mountain of evidence showing that IQ was one of the most significant predictors of emotional resiliency in children. The same pattern has also long been seen in […]


Dr. Samra presents “Creating a Psychologically Safe and Healthy Workplace” to APSA on April 26, 2011

Dr. Samra presents “Creating a Psychologically Safe & Healthy Workplace” to Supervisors/Managers of the  Administrative and Professional Staff Association (APSA) on April 26, 2011.


Canucks getting all the help they can going into game 7

(by Sean Sullivan, The Province) Given Sunday‘s nail biter of a finish, everyone from psychics to the team‘s owner is asking Vancouver to step up and send some positive energy to the Canucks for Tuesday‘s make or break game at Rogers Arena. The question is, how will you do it? I‘d like to call out […]


Canucks: keeping stress in check and having a positive outlook – CTV

Dr. Samra interviewed by CTV’s St. John Alexander about how to be a Canucks fan: keeping stress in check and keep the positive energy flowing for the next game.


Dr. Samra interviewed about Vancouver’s post-loss mood on CTV

Dr. Samra interviewed by CTV’s St. John Alexander about the city’s post-loss depression after Vancouver lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 6-0 at a home game.


I’m medically obese – and totally love my body. Is that okay?

The question: I’m medically obese – but totally happy with my body (I swear). Family and friends tell me there has to be something psychologically wrong with me, if I can be truly happy with my body being this large. What’s your perspective?   The answer: First, there is nothing “psychologically wrong” with you for […]


Help: I wake up multiple times a night

The question: I am a healthy, active 30-year-old woman. I have not slept through the night in over a year – I always wake up two or three times a night, restless and annoyed and unable to get back to sleep. Do you have tips/mental strategies for falling back to sleep easily? And what can […]


Help! My mom is a terrified driver

The question: My mom is a terrified driver. She’ll stop in the middle of an intersection, paralyzed by fear. She’s recently been involved in a few traffic accidents, although none of these were her fault. She recently ended a 30-year marriage.  Are these incidents related? I’m afraid to criticize but I’m concerned for her safety. […]


Gambling and the impact of a potential Vancouver casino

Dr. Samra interviewed on News1130 by Andrea MacPherson about gambling and the effect that a potential new casino in Vancouver will have on the city and its residents.


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Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace